Antique pine desks really pull a room together and create an appealing aesthetic; however, they’re not always very easy to find. You can definitely go on eBay or some other service to find them. That’s a great option, but you need to be aware of what you’re buying and the most common pitfalls. Many people have bought what they thought were going to be great pieces of furniture and found that they have been tricked. Here’s what you should watch for:
It’s pretty well known that people used to be a little bit shorter and a little bit smaller than they are now. Also, chairs used to be designed differently; they used to be lower to the ground and shorter. So, for those two reasons, you need to keep an eye on the legroom of your desk. Antique desks were designed for the skinnier, shorter chairs of the past. That means the leg space might be incredibly limited. If at all possible, you should try to pull a chair up to the desk before you buy it. If you’re buying it online, you should ask the seller to measure the leg space for you. Then you should sit in a chair and measure how much room you take up.
You can also try to buy an antique chair to go along with your antique desk. That might solve any legroom issues.
The desk height concern is actually related to the leg room concern. Because both the chairs and the sitters were shorter, antique desks tend to be lower to the ground. So, even if you can get your legs comfortably under the desk, you might have to hunch over to write. You should test this out or ask the seller to quote you the desk height. If that’s not possible, you might have to invest in an an adjustable office chair.